A little overview about how our services work:
We shop and choose the freshest produce and proteins and bring them into your kitchen to create your meal. Everything is prepped right in front of you and the group which makes quite an entertaining experience : ) We love making as much from scratch as it makes sense too- which is most of it : ) salad dressings, flatbreads, sauces, all especially prepared for you. Once we’ve cooked and served everyone we clean up the counters and equipment and leave the dishwasher running full of plates.
If your headcount changes at the last minute, not to worry! Just give me a heads up the morning of at the latest so I can adjust the groceries we purchase, and your labor rate if it applies.
I have found that most of the rentals are very well stocked with pans as well as flatwear/glasswear/silverware! they do a pretty good job around here, so unless the group is a pretty large size there is no reason to worry : ) If you do have a larger party I can refer you to a local place that has a large inventory of plates and serviceware.
Do not be afraid to come and chat with us as we are cooking : ) Ask us about the food I’m making, or tell me how your vacation is going. If you want a recipe? Its yours (except for the lava cake haha!), but have a phone or notepad ready to jot it down, we’ll usually just tell you while we are working. We all just go with the flow of your group and will interact as much or as little as we see fit.
Some extra smart clients have requested us to leave behind breakfast for the next morning. Let me know ahead of time and we will whip up some tasty breakfast burritos, sandwiches or a casserole all wrapped up and ready to pop in the oven.
Additional helpful FAQS:
Where is the food prepared?
To stay within health codes we prepare food right in your kitchen, but doing so also ensures we can give you the freshest product possible. Any size kitchen will work as long as you have a functioning stove and space in the fridge. Also! Since we prepare all the food at the house we have guidelines when picking out the menu, how many different options, etc – to keep the meal on track.
What if the house doesn’t have a lot of cookware?
I’ve cooked in a ton of houses and have an idea of what is usually available so we bring along whatever cookware and tools we think we will need. Some houses have less plates/pans than others but I’ve always made it work.
Where does my food come from?
I will pick out the freshest produce and meats from the local grocery store. If you prefer organic foods, let me know, the local store has a large selection of organic meats, produce and products.
Do I have to be home for you to cook for us ?
I don’t want you to feel like you have to rush off the slopes or away from the hiking trail to let us in. Most of the houses have garage codes so we can get started and you can come home to yummy aromas in the kitchen.
How does the payment/deposit work?
For regular events, I ask for a $75 deposit, and $100 for weddings. The deposit is non-refundable, but I know life is unexpected! If booking does not result in loss of business, I can re-book an existing reservation to another available date for a $30 fee. I use a square invoice so we both have a receipt with the date or service in hand.
For payment: Sometime before the date of service, I will send a credit card authorization form for you to fill in and return to me so we will have a card for you on file : ) After the meal service (usually within a day or two) I will email the final total. You can use your preferred payment method- zelle, cash app, venmo with no processing fees or a credit card (3.5%). After the third day (from total being sent), if we haven’t received payment, we just automatically bill the card that we have on file. If you’d like to pay with cash or check that night, just let your chef know : )
For your security, I store the form locally and make sure I delete any messages with your personal credit card info from my phone and email. I delete the saved forms when I receive the payment and then if you pay with CC I hold onto them for about 3 month in case of chargebacks.
I don’t live in the listed service areas, can I use you service?
While I would love to be able to cook for everyone, the service area protects myself and the client from unforeseen weather and traffic impacts 🙂 Our service area is Summit County and includes Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain, Blue River, Frisco, Dillon, and Silverthorne.
What about the booze?
Having a personal chef definitely saves you money in that department because there is no crazy up charge like you’d find going out. You provide your own alcohol or if you tell me in advance, I’ll grab your preferred beverages as well as some locally made wines while shopping.
What about the kids? I can make a separate – usually from scratch meal, for the kiddos. For the headcount they are counted as a person if they are eating but I do not require you to have me feed them : ) I have a few kids options on the menu page and if they have a favorite food, please let me know.
What happens if we cancel?
In the past years of being a personal chef it’s been very rare that we’ve had to cancel due to becoming ill (luckily!). If it does happen I will let you know in enough time to make other dinner accommodations or find another solution to get you and the gang fed- based on whatever you would like to do! Also, I have a few friends in the business and will put you in touch with another chef that can usually help out, even if it is for the following night! It is important to give myself time so I can recover quickly, while not passing germs to my clients : ) Your deposit will be returned promptly.